The box originally held 18 little rectangular bits of granola dipped in chocolate and wrapped in foils. I lined up the remaining itty-bitty bars underneath my 9 x 13 baking dish and concluded that all the bars in this one box would fit neatly into the bottom of the baking dish. However, the commercial bars are less than half the thickness of my granola bars and have a lot of funny sounding ingredients listed on each foil.
When I questioned Violinist about it, he confessed he paid around 5.00 dollars. I think, with frugal shopping, buying the specials and making our own sweetened condensed milk (recipe is below), the cost to make Granola Bars is less, makes more and the ingredients not so scary. Violinist, Violinist, Violinist! Let your Mother make these things for you!
- 3 cups quick cook oats or enough pulverized large flake rolled oats to equal 3 cups
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw, unsalted
- 1 cup coconut, dry unsweetened
- 1 cup raisins or chopped dates or chocolate chips or other dried chopped fruit
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 300-ml. tin sweetened condensed milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 heaping Tbsps. butter or margarine
- pinch of salt
Beat softened butter/margarine,
egg, and vanilla together.
Add sweetened condensed milk to the egg, butter and vanilla. Mix well.
Pour the wet into the dry and mix well.
Spread into a well greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes or until just golden. Remove from oven and let cool in the baking dish. When cooled down, cut with a very sharp knife into 24 or 16 big honking pieces as shown here.
If desired, they could be coated with melted chocolate. Mine have never lasted long enough for me to do that. :)
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/8 cup butter or margarine
- 2 cups instant milk powder
- Combine water and sugar over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour mixture into blender or use a hand held blender and mix in butter, gradually adding the milk.